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Books: "Soliloquy in Tibet"

June 25, 2010

Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly
June 24, 2010

"Soliloquy in Tibet"
By Anne Park
Aventine Press, 2010

"What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?"

Although everyone asks these questions from time
to time, not many people truly think about them
and contemplate the answers. At age 23, Maya is
among the few who really want to know why we were
put on this planet. Originally from Hong Kong but
studying in Tibet, the philosophy student becomes
restless and unsettled as she struggles with the purpose of her existence.

Maya becomes disturbed when she and her friends
attempt to see their future souls. Having tried
several times in the past, but coming up
unsuccessful, the group sees the activity as
nothing more than a game. The game is no longer
fun for Maya when she not only sees her future
soul, but sees herself as a Buddhist monk.

Questioning the consequences of seeing into one’s
future, Maya embarks on a journey that is nothing
less than a roller coaster of emotion filled with
love, loss, and heartbreak. With each leg, she
faces challenges -- physically, mentally,
emotionally, and spiritually. Despite everything
that she goes through, Maya remains strong and
doesn’t lose faith or abandon the commitments
that she made to herself and others, no matter
how much she is tempted to do so.

"Soliloquy" will open your mind. Although the
story probably won’t make you want to convert to
Buddhism, it will definitely open your mind. If
you haven’t already done so in the past, this
short novel will have you considering the
possibility of soul mates, reincarnation, fate, and destiny.

Readers will also begin to ask the same questions
that Maya has about the meaning of life and the
purpose of our existence. The more contemplative
we become about our lives, the more mindful we
become about our actions, which can only be a good thing.
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